Saturday, November 10, 2007

Smiley me..

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Syawal sudah menjelma..

I was back at the office on Wednesday, 5th of Syawal. It's too short I know. But, hey I gotta do what I gotta do. I need to take leaves in November for my bro's wedding, hence the short Raya vacation. 4 days of raya and 2 days of fasting at home wasn't that bad after all. I didn't get to bake cookies, but my modified-from-the-original-recipe cheesecake and yummy layered cake (kek lapis) were 'sold-out' within a day. I'm so proud! I will need to bake 2 kek lapis in the future since there will be requests from the 'other end' as well ;). Nothing feels better than seeing your loved ones loving what you bake.

A friend of mine sent this Aidilfitri wish which says something like this: "Do celebrate Hari Raya for what it truly is, not what people are expecting from you". I think it's a good reminder, everybody should be reminded of what Hari Raya truly is. Sometimes we get too carried away with what should we serve during the day, what should we wear, or how much money should we give out? Kids all over are excited because it's the day they will be getting ang pows. But do they know the real meaning of Hari Raya? I'm not sure if they are really sincere when asking for forgiveness from their parents. I'm not sure if I really meant it when I said that "I'm sorry". I feel sad in a way, thinking that this means that another year has passed by, and all of us are not getting any younger, including my parents. I think you should be able to figure out what's in my head by now...

Nevertheless, Hari Raya has been awesome. Catching up with friends and relatives is something we must do! and Hari Raya is the best time to do it. Because the 'chefs' will be serving their best food and I just have to eat them. Mak Anjang's nasi dagang, and Abg No's home-made satay were two things that I cant get out of my head. So yummy! I ate them although I was already full. Couldnt resist the temptation. This year I learn how 'bbq-ing' the satay with bamboo's sticks wont do the chicken as good as compared to 'lidi'. so kalau buat satay sendiri pakai lah lidi, lagi sedap daripada pakai buluh yg jual kat kedai tu. haha. whatever lah..i will just eat them. Although it was too short for me and mr MKA, since we both have our reponsibilities as a son and a daughter, I guess we had our moments...together and also with our respective families. and I'm sure we'll be having more Hari Raya memories in the upcoming years. InsyaAllah.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Salam Aidilfitri 2007..

Alas, Raya is just around the corner and I'm flying back tomorrow! yeah, tomorrow baby at noon!!! It's going to be a bit of a rush since I need to meet 4 people to pass them 'stuff' before i head to Kemaman, within 3 hours before berbuka. 3 hours seem more than enough but considering traffic in KL at that hour, I'm thinking that berbuke is probably gonna be on the move..which means in the car!

Aaaaanyway enough of the babbling. I wish you all,


Sunday, September 30, 2007


Sit back and enjoy. This is generally what's been happening since April 2007, yeah.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Ramadhan 1428

Shame on me, it's already Ramadhan 17th and it's only tonight that I wrote about it here. Oh well better late than never, right??

It's my first Ramadhan in HCMC and I wasn't really excited with the fact at the beginning. First of all, the fact that I dont have the luxury to go to Pasar Ramadhan and choose my food from the abundant of selections there. The kuih muih, bermacam2 lauk, air pelbagai jenis, which my favorite is the chrysanthemum tea, and the fact that we all can go home 1-hour early from work. Of course, fasting in KL also means my friends and I will have a good reason to get together, eat and catch-up with each other *sigh*

The second thing is the fact that I wont be able to really spend time fasting and breaking fast with my family back in Kemaman. My mom's tasty bubur lambuk, puding buih, even to the simple dish of ikan singgang and sambal belacan...i just cant help thinking about it. And breaking fast with all my brothers,sisters, in-laws, and those cheeky nephews and nieces would be so meriah, boleh runtuh agaknye rumah my parents..not to mention shopping with my mom!

Last but not least is of course the fact that I cant cherish the best month of all in Islamic calendar with Mr MKA. It's our first Ramadhan together, with quite a distance in between. Well, hopefully the distance will only strengthen the relationship, not otherwise.

Despite all the thoughts, Ramadhan 1428 is going well so far. I have to thank a friend, actually a couple for being so sensible. I'm pretty much spending the evening at their apartment, eating home-cooked meal, and entertained by two adorable kids. Jihah and Iman...haha the "Sergeant Saunders"..and i'd say i'd been to terawih more frequent than the past Ramadhans. Yay to that! Plus, I got to spend the weekend last week with my friends and my family and MKA. So, not too bad I guess :).

It's only one week and a half to go before I fly back to Malaysia for Hari Raya. I have a feeling that Raya is going to be different this time. Anyway, I wish for nothing more than everybody's arriving home safely and my parents' joy seeing all their children under one roof and grandkids running around happily during Hari Raya.

Have a blessed Ramadhan to all!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Post Merdeka!

Wish holiday is not over yet!

Found this in a friend's blog. Do give it a try too!

***You Have A Type B+ Personality***

You're a pro at going with the flow
You love to kick back and take in everything life has to offer
A total joy to be around, people crave your stability.

While you're totally laid back, you can have bouts of hyperactivity.
Get into a project you love, and you won't stop until it's done
You're passionate - just selective about your passions

Do You Have a Type A Personality?

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Badminton or Goodminton..

Went to play badminton I'd say that was my 'healthiest' Saturday of all. Usually Saturday morning is spent by erm..sleeping late, shopping, watching tv, work, almost absolutely nothing as healthy as this. And I should be proud of myself and thankful to those who actually made me went.

We started at approximately 8.30 am, and guess when did we finish? 11 am! I think that was pretty long and I am so impressed with everybody's energy and motivation. Then I started to think why am I so not motivated to do this? I used to force everybody to wake up early on Saturday morning to play volleyball at the gym in UT, or go to the park..but now, I'm sooo lazy. Why oh why? Maybe my mind is in Malaysia? I'm totally a lazy bum now? can't seem to find the reasons. I just dont have the heart to badminton. It has never been my favorite past times back then. never been good at it is another thing. I guess I'm more into team sports. I like volley, netball, basketball,hockey, but if you ask me about squash, or badminton, tennis, hmm I wont be in the front line. I guess I need to change my attitude and start a healthier life.. climbing the stairs to get to my room on the third floor, and walking home from work at least once a week just don't seem to be enough right?

It's amazing how Vietnamese make exercising part of their lives. They start swarming the public park at as early as 4 am! well, i have never been out at 4 am to witness the health-conscious crowd, but that's what my friend told me. I am not surprised though. I used to walk pass the park every single day after work and watch them either walking, running, playing badminton, tai-chiing, and takraw-ing. I'm not talking about one or two persons, this is like 50s of them. maybe hundreds. What a positive environment I thought.

However, on the other side of the road, I can see a cab driver rolling down his window and throwing away a plastic cup of cafe sada. Just like that, no sense of guilty to the government, let alone the sense of responsibility to the environment. On the pavement, a woman selling beef noodles for breakfast just throw away the leftovers by the road, I guess hoping the majlis perbandaran to clean them all.

Those are only 2 examples that when i thought about them, I feel lucky that I'm a Malaysian, born in beautiful Malaysia. Yes we still have a lot to improve, our government officials sometimes worry about things that they should not be worrying about, like 'Bahasa Melayu or Bahasa Malaysia?'. But some of them have really made what Malaysia is today. Compared to the last 5 decades, I think we did good. SELAMAT HARI MERDEKA! and HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY MALAYSIA!